Try these six simple ways to share your Shutterstock referral link, and earn money every time your fellow creatives sell their work as stock.
Did you know that as contributors with Shutterstock, it’s easy to earn money by sharing your Shutterstock Referral Link with other creatives? All you need is a Shutterstock portfolio to start earning money (we’re not kidding, it really is that easy). The Shutterstock Referral Program allows you to earn money by referring creatives to join Shutterstock’s platform.
How Shutterstock Referral Links work
If you bring a photographer, videographer, or illustrator to Shutterstock you earn money. All they need to do is sign up using your Shutterstock Referral Link. You can easily find your link in your Shutterstock portfolio.
Network, network, network
Referring Image Contributors: For the first two years after an image contributor you referred is approved, you earn $0.04 each time one of their images is downloaded.
Referring Footage Contributors: For the first year after a footage contributor you referred is approved, you will earn 10% of the sale price actually received by Shutterstock each time one of their clips* is downloaded.
In this article, we’re sharing six ways that you can share your Shutterstock Referral Link with creatives in your industry. Use these tips to start earning money with your photos, videos, or illustrations.
How to Share Your Shutterstock Referral Link
Tip #1: Add your referral link to your social media biography
Adding your referral link to your social media biography is the easiest way you can start earning money with your creativity. All you need to do is change your link in bio. It’s that easy. This tip especially works on Instagram, where creatives like yourself are already browsing your portfolio. Include a catchy caption to attract creatives to use your referral link.
Here are some examples:
Click the link below to start earning money with your creative content. I’m earning money with my (photos, videos, art) on Shutterstock. Are you? I’m a Shutterstock contributor. Click the link below to join. I sell some of my work on Shutterstock. Click the link to start selling yours.
Network with likeminded creatives on social media
Tip #2: Create a Stories Highlight on Instagram about your work with Shutterstock
Instagram Stories Highlights are great tools that you can utilize to share information with other creatives around the world. One innovative way for you to use Instagram Stories Highlights is to create a collection of stories centered around your work with Shutterstock. This allows you to explain in longer form why you contribute to Shutterstock. You can include the benefits, and why you’d recommend other contributors to sign up.
Include your referral link either written in the stories, or using the swipe up feature. This encourages people to access Shutterstock with your referral link. Doing this is an organic way to explain the benefits to creatives who might be hesitant, or have questions about how stock works.
Tip #3: Add your Shutterstock Referral Link to your email signature
Adding your referral code to your email allows anyone you talk to professionally to access your Shutterstock referral link. This is also a great way to earn money by referring clients, another way to earn money at Shutterstock. For more information on referring clients to Shutterstock, check out this blog post.
Emailing is a great recruiting tool
Tip #4: Share your referral link on forums
If you participate in any photography, videography, or art related forums, share your Shutterstock Referral Link as a way to start earning money through signups. Include the link on any sign-off comment you make to encourage other creatives in your industry to sign up and submit to stock. This is especially key when you are talking about the benefits of submitting to stock, and how you earn money.
Tip #5: Recruit creatives who inspire you
Take matters into your own hands and act as a mini recruiter for Shutterstock. If you talk to creatives including photographers, videographers, and illustrators about the industry, make sure to talk about signing up with your referral link.
Recruiting contributors to Shutterstock not only earns you money, but it also grows our network. Growing a creative network helps artists across the globe start to earn money through their work.
Creative discussions over coffee
Tip #6: Add your referral link to your business cards
Still handing out business cards? Add your referral link underneath your website and social portfolios. This is a great way to ensure that any creative or client who has your card knows about your stock work. Not only does it help drive traffic to your stock portfolio, but it also encourages those same contributors to sign up to Shutterstock with an easily reference-able, written-out business card.
We hope these tips help you share your Shutterstock Referral Link with future contributors, and help us foster a community of creative artists around the world. We can’t wait to see what you create next at Shutterstock, and what the creative artists you bring to our network create in the future.
Featured Image by Jacob Lund.
Need more tips on earning money at Shutterstock? Check out these articles:
How to Earn Money Through the Shutterstock Referral ProgramBeginner’s Guide to Earning Money in Stock PhotographyLearn to Make Money with Your Phone PhotographyEarning Money as a Shutterstock Contributor is Easier Than Ever7 Lessons Learned from Difficult Shoots
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